The Gold Rush
The gold rush in California was forced into play by the discovery of one man. His name was James Marshall. He said, “I reached my hand down and picked it up; it made my heart thump, for I was certain it was gold. It was about half the size of a pea. Then i saw another.” James Marshall and other workers kept finding small pieces of gold. But, they thought it was too good to be true. They thought it must be fools gold! One day, still in disbelief, Marshall took his tiny pieces of what looked like gold to Sutter’s fort. With a lack of technology and information they decided that it was gold, there only resource was a tattered old encyclopedia. But, they did not want the hassles of a gold rush to get in the way. So they made a pact to keep it a secret, but news travels fast!.Soon, the gold rush would be in full swing.
The stories of Marshal finding gold didn’t really start the gold rush. Just like Marshall most of the people thought it was too good to be true. It definitely wasn’t thefirst tale of gold they had hear. One man saw potential in the gold rush. Sam Bannan gave the gold rush a kick start after buying just about every pick and shovel he could find and he ran around shouting that he found gold. People went crazy when they heard this, everyone wanted gold. Now every one wanted picks and shovels. Sam bought all the picks and shovels for cents a piece and sold them for 15$ per piece. In just nine weeks he made thirty-six thousand dollars. He never mined a piece of gold, but he got a whole lot more money than most of the gold miners, and all he did was sell picks and shovels.
Gold can be found all over the world. California was a very popular place because with just a couple of tools you could find gold.This was unlike most other places in the world where gold was embedded deep withen earth’s surface. It was much more cost effective to buy a couple of shovels and pick axes than it
The Gold Rush